It has been a while since I last posted on the blog, but now it is time again.
The first NWF show of the year, actually two as it was a double show, were on the 21st January at Parkteatret in Oslo. This was the first time NWF used this hall, and it could probably become a regular NWF hall in the future. On the afternoon show, I won the rumble style match, "Kongen på haugen", but I guess one of the biggest highlights of that show was the debut of the NWF superhero, Kaptein Knoke.
The evening show was sold out with about 300 spectators, making a good atmosphere for the first ever NWF tag team tournament.
This tournament didn't start the way it was supposed to do as my tag team partner, Daniel Sebastian, had to withdraw from the tournament due to a neck injury. This meant that I had to find a new tag team partner and chose Rainer Hansen. He was the first guy I ever trained with in Norway all the way back in 1997 but it took him eight years to make his debut. Before he sounds like the least talented wrestler in the world, spending 8 years in training before making his debut, I should mention that he hasn't been training regularly all the time since 1997, and he did also take part of some well-paid exhibition matches against me in 2000, the year before NWF was established.
Anyway, back to the tournament, Rainer Hansen and I lost against Fremtiden despite a good effort from Rainer in the match. Fremtiden became the first ever Norwegian tag team champions after two of their careers' best matches, beating Bjørn Sem and Talentfulle Thomas in the final.
Instead of talking more about that NWF show, I want to congratulate Daniel Sebastian with his 20th birthday on 1st February. Congratulations, Daniel Sebastian! He is no longer a "teenage sensation". Too bad as it was a good description for him but time moves on...... quickly!
Going back to 2002, Daniel Sebastian wrestled his second match. He was only 16 years old at the time, and as the "leader" in the NWF group, I felt responsible for looking after him on wrestling trips. That wasn't too cool because the day after the show we couldn't find him at the hotel, and we were supposed to leave shortly as we had a 8-10 hour drive ahead of us. We didn't reach him on the phone, and we didn't get an answer when we knocked on his door. We were looking for him "everywhere" but couldn't find him.... The blood started rushing. Had something happened to him? We finally got some hotel personell to open the door to his room. He wasn't there, and all his stuff was gone. OMG!
To be continued.... Oh, that was a mean way to stop the story:-)
Last Saturday, I wrestled for IWS
in Italy again. On Friday,I had to get up at 4 o'clock in the morning to get to the airport in time for my flight from Oslo to Milano via Amsterdam at 06:40. The trip, together with Bjørn Sem also from NWF, didn't start to well as our flight from Amsterdam to Milano was cancelled due to snow in Milano. Luckily, we were able to re-book and get a flight via Paris to Torino. At 10PM, we finally were in Italy and went out for a few drinks with our colleagues and got two hours of sleep. Already at 03:30 on Saturday morning, we had to get up again to get on a 7-8 hour bus ride to Perugia.
After some promoting of the event at a local mall, we finally got to the arena at about 6PM. I wrestled Damon Brix from Austria and won with the "Isaksen driver". This was a truly international event with wrestlers from a number of countries; Chris the Bambikiller, Michael Kovac, Damon Brix and Cardinal Colen (all from Austria), Alofa (Samoa), El Bronco and Alex Montalvo (WWC Puerto Rico), Makoto (Japan), El Mariachi, Flama Mortal and Mandibula (Mexico), El Dinamico and El Chico (Dominican Republic), and of course Bjørn Sem and me from Norway. And let's not forget; Italian Dream representing Italy in Italy:-) One of the things I like about the IWS is the variety of wrestlers and styles in the roster. One thing I hate though is the music that is played in the background during matches, killing the atmosphere completely....
After the event, we were taken to a big, local disco where all the wrestlers were announced on the speakers and applauded. Bjørn Sem was the centre of attention on the dance floor when he showed some of his best skills; dancing! At 05:30 in the morning, we finally got to bed before getting up again at 9, packing our stuff and eating breakfast.
Of course, as the huge superstars we are:-), we were taken to the airport in Milano in a limousine. That trip took 4-5 hours after a drive well above the speed-limit.
Just after midnight, I was home..... It sounds like we spent a lot of time travelling, and that's a fact:-) That's a wrestler's life on the road; lots of travelling and lack of sleep!
Oh, so you want to hear the rest of the Daniel Sebastian "missing" story? We finally found him. For some reason he had gone to the hotel reception area and fallen asleep in a sofa there. Sometimes people can be found at some of the most obvious places:-)
What's next for me? On 17th March, I have a scheduled re-match for the EUROSTARS
European Championship against Bernard Vandamme (if he is still champ by then) in my hometown, Lillestrøm. Maybe I can celebrate my 10th anniversary as a wrestler with some gold around my waist? Yes, 10 years since my first match in York on 15th March 1996..... As said earlier, time moves on quickly.....